Once upon a time there was a little girl named Debbie. She was looking out of the window of her room while thinking about God and the things that she had learned in Sunday School that day. These spiritual lessons had a powerful effect on her.
Suddenly an angel appeared before her. “Why are you looking out this window?” asked the angel.
Being young and in innocence, the little girl still believed in the reality of such miraculous beings and, instead of fear, delighted in seeing this heavenly visitor. “I am not just looking out my window, I am thinking about God and things I learned in church,” answered Debbie.
The angel smiled. “Because you are such a bright little girl and open to learning new things, I have been sent from heaven to take you to another room, even more special, and show you a magic window,” explained the angel.
“I don’t think my parents will let me leave the house,” said the good little girl.
The angel replied, “You don’t have to move for me to take you to your real home. Just take my hand.”
Debbie reached out and clasped the angel’s soft, inviting hand. Suddenly there was a brilliant flash of light and Debbie found herself in another room. This new room was completely different from her other room, yet she recognized everything in it. Debbie felt completely at home in this new room. “Where is this place?” asked the inquisitive youngster, “It all looks wonderful and familiar!”
“Before I brought you here, you had simply been indoors. Now you are in a room even more inside than indoors,” came the amazing words of the angel.
“Wow,” exclaimed Debbie, “how can I be more inside a place than indoors?”
“You are now in your spiritual home,” answered the angel. “The Lord God built this home for you from the quality of your faith.” Then the angel pointed to a window in this fantastic room. “Go there,” said the angel, “that is the magical window I promised you.”
Debbie rushed over to the window to see what it showed her. Again, she recognized everything that she saw from this window—except it all looked particularly familiar and special to her.
“You are now inside a room that is inside you,” explained the angel. Noticing that Debbie was a bit confused by how this could be so, the angel spoke further, “You are now in your spirit. Now, your outside world consists of all the things in your mind’s memory. The magical window you are looking out from reveals all the thoughts, ideas and wishes contained in the your memory.”
“That’s why everything looks so familiar to me!” marveled the excited little girl.
“You are exactly right,” answered the angel who looked obviously pleased. “Now look closer at the things the window is showing you and describe to me what you see.”
As Debbie looked more carefully outside the magical window of her spirit, she noticed things changing and being reorganized. Then Debbie made a remarkable discovery and exclaimed, “Gee, every time I think about the lessons I have heard in church it causes the things I see from this window to change.”
The angel had a wonderful explanation for what Debbie was experiencing. “Every time you learn something new in church, you can see deeper into the ideas of your memory and arrange them into a more beautiful and heavenly order. As this happens God can make your spiritual home—that is, your faith—more beautiful as well.”
Debbie then turned from the magical window and noticed that the room she was in had become more beautifully arranged and furnished.
“I must take you back now,” said the angel as she held out her hand.
A week later when Debbie was back in her Sunday School class, the teacher was reading from Scripture the passage in Genesis (26:8,9) describing King Abimelech looking out through a window. As Debbie listened carefully to the teacher reading these words she noticed the same angel again—in the back of the room. The angel gave her a quick wink and a reassuring nod.
To everyone’s shock and dismay, Debbie blurted out the words, “I know exactly what kind of window King Abimelech was looking through!”